The Equality Fund

Equality Fund

The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation was established in 2012 with two primary goals: making high-impact grants today to the most innovative nonprofits serving the diverse members of the LGBTQ community; and building a permanent endowment that will benefit the LGBTQ community of Greater Boston forever.  The Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee made up of members of the LGBTQ community and allies who possess a breadth of understanding about the most pressing issues affecting our community today.

This unique fund is already having an impact on the LGBTQ community of Greater Boston, with a focus on innovative programming aimed at pressing and emerging issues.  To date, some 54 grants ranging in size from $3,500 to $15,000 have been made to 34 different LGBTQ organizations and organizations with a focus on LGBTQ programming. 

Read the June 1 press release announcing the 2017 Equality Fund Grants.

Read a full listing of grants made in previous years.

The Equality Fund has exceeded its goal of raising $500,000 by 2017.  The Boston Foundation has pledged $250,000 in challenge grants for the Fund, as a 2:1 challenge in an effort to strengthen the Fund’s endowment as it begins its grant making. The Foundation thanks Eastern Bank, BNY Mellon and Northern Trust, as well as individual donors, for their commitment of funds in support of the Equality Fund and its grant making. The Equality Fund has already documented over $8,000,000 in testamentary gifts, which will ensure that the fund is a robust resource for the LGBTQ community over the coming decades.

Any individual, family, or organization can contribute to the Equality Fund in a variety of ways:

  • Planned Gifts – The Boston Foundation offers a full range of planned and legacy giving options.  Planned gifts may be made to the Equality Fund through bequestsretirement plan and life insurance gifts.  In addition, the Boston Foundation offers charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts, all of which may benefit the Equality Fund.
  • Outright Contributions – The Boston Foundation can accept all types of gifts into the fund including cash, publicly traded securities, restricted stock, real estate, and more.
  • Donor Advised Funds – Donors with existing Donor Advised Funds can recommend a grant to the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation.
  • Succession Plans for Existing Giving Vehicles – Donors with a private foundation or Donor Advised Fund can name the Equality Fund as the successor entity to their giving vehicle.


Download the Equality Fund brochure and call 617-338-2399 for more information.

Contribute to the Equality Fund.